First republican woman takes seat on Unicoi County Election Commission

Sue Guinn Legg • Nov 26, 2019 at 8:36 AM

ERWIN — The first woman Republican to serve on the Unicoi County Election Commission was sworn into office Monday.

Tennessee’s State Election Commission appointed Connie Buchanan to fill the seat vacated by last month after the death of county Election Commissioner Paul Monk on Nov. 8.

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe administered the oath of office to Buchanan Monday morning at the County Election Commission office, with state Sen. Rusty Crowe and several county officials, friends and family members gathered to witness the historic moment for the commission and for Republican women in Unicoi County.

Buchanan said she hoped to set a standard for other Republican women to follow her into service on the commission.

Buchanan joins two other Republicans, Chairman Thomas Reeves and Roland Bailey and Democrats Bill Beckman and Marvin Rogers on the five-member commission.

She is a Unicoi County native and a graduate of Unicoi County High School employed at Tri-Cities Flea Market in Blountville.

She is the wife of Unicoi County’s former Republican Party Chairman Jim Buchanan and a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Buchanan also serves as a board member for the Erwin Kiwanis Club and for Unicoi County Habitat for Humanity and is known for her work with veterans.